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Managing Idle Time To Improve Productivity

July 10, 2014 3:19 pm | by Michael Harris | Blogs | Comments

Today’s warehouse managers constantly are challenged to “do more with less.” Most attempt to meet this challenge by finding ways to reduce labor costs. Few, however, have spent time to understand and manage a key component of labor cost: indirect, or idle, time.

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2013 Big 50 List

September 1, 2014 2:46 pm | by Industrial Distribution Staff | News | Comments

The Big 50 list highlights a group of companies who are aggressive and progressive. This year's list shows a significant amount of revenue growth, more than typical amounts of consolidation, and even a notably absent name (Barnes Distribution, now a part of MSC). It’s a tough marketplace, and the strong survive and thrive. If anything in these pages inspires confidence, we hope it’s the leadership of an industry that refuses to slow down.


Timken Reports Second-Quarter Results; Affirms 2014 Outlook

July 31, 2014 1:25 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

"During the quarter, we completed the spinoff of TimkenSteel on time and under budget and we're now fully focused on executing our strategy for the bearings and power transmission business," said CEO Richard G. Kyle.      


Eastman Chemical Names Airgas Global Supplier of Excellence

July 31, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

Airgas was selected from Eastman’s more than 6,500 global suppliers to receive the recognition for consistently delivering high quality products and services.               


New Idler Sprockets for Motorized Hose Reels

July 31, 2014 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

This new add-on benefits the user in reducing the rewind speed, increasing motor torque and fitting an optional 3-way brake.

Ethical Practices Take Back Seat to Price, Say Purchasers

July 31, 2014 11:09 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

While 80 percent of consumers believe it's important for companies to behave ethically, their three most important attributes when shopping are price, value, and quality.             


Study: 35 Percent in U.S. Facing Debt Collectors

July 31, 2014 10:51 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The study found that 35.1 percent of people with credit records had been reported to collections for debt that averaged $5,178, based on September 2013 records.               


Kaman Appoints Former Gates Exec to SVP, GM - Fluid Power

July 31, 2014 10:41 am | News | Comments

New SVP and GM Tribby Warfield is actively involved in numerous industry associations such as the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), where she serves as Foundation Board Trustee.         


VRC Safety

July 30, 2014 3:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SafeLock system is the perfect solution for users looking for that added layer of safety and peace-of-mind in a vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC).      


Sanctions Likely to Damage Russia if not Lifted Quickly

July 30, 2014 3:04 pm | by Laura Mills & Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia's foreign ministry complained vocally about the sanctions, criticizing the U.S. for "advancing baseless claims" about its role in Ukraine in a "pretentious, prosecutorial manner."           


Unipex Group Announces Acquisition of Ferguson Chemical Innovation

July 30, 2014 2:43 pm | News | Comments

With the acquisition of Ferguson Chemical Innovation, Unipex Solutions Canada strengthens its industrial portfolio and gains access to new markets and customers.               


ITW Reports 2Q Results

July 30, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

CEO Scott Santi called the business "well positioned for long-term growth," partly due to the recent divestiture of its industrial packaging segment.                          


Amazon to Invest $2B in India Division

July 30, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees: Flipkart.                 


Lowe's Brings Pro Customers On-Demand Delivery Service

July 30, 2014 10:46 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

As Lowe's continues to invest in capabilities to better serve professional customers, the company has launched ProExpress, an on-demand delivery service to get pros the emergency and last minute supplies they need.      


Spectrum Brands Holdings Reports Fiscal 2014 Q3 Results

July 30, 2014 10:41 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., a global and diversified consumer products company with market-leading brands including Rayovac, has reported record fiscal 2014 third quarter results.           


Grainger Adds New Member To Board Of Directors

July 30, 2014 10:36 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Grainger's Board of Directors has appointed Rodney C. Adkins to the board, bringing the total number of members to 11.                     


Hayes UK Acquires Arctic Products

July 30, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

Hayes UK, a supplier of specialist safety, testing and servicing products to the plumbing and heating industry, has acquired Leeds-based Arctic Products, in a deal that will create the leading player in the British market.     


Turtle & Hughes Boosts Business Efficiency With Infor Distribution SX.e

July 30, 2014 10:23 am | by Infor | Product Releases | Comments

Infor has announced that Turtle & Hughes, a leading distributor of electrical and industrial equipment, has successfully implemented Infor Distribution SX.e across its enterprise.           


XOP Logistics Acquires New Breed Logistics, Completes ACL Acquisition

July 30, 2014 10:17 am | by XPO Logistics, Inc. | News | Comments

XPO Logistics, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire New Breed Holding Company and completed the acquisition of Atlantic Central Logistics (ACL).           


A.H. Harris Announces New CEO

July 30, 2014 10:10 am | by A.H. Harris & Sons, Inc. | News | Comments

Bob Parsons, chairman of the construction products distributor A.H. Harris & Sons, Inc., has announced the promotion of Kimberly Corwin, current president and chief operating officer, to president and chief executive officer.    


Clinton Impeachment Shadows GOP Lawsuit

July 29, 2014 10:44 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help explain why Speaker John Boehner and the current GOP leadership want no part of such talk now, although conservatives increasingly clamor for it.        


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